Happiness is not a happening. Happiness is a state of mind. You can have everything in the world and still be miserable. Or you can have relatively little and feel unbounded joy.
Who is wise? The one who learns from every person.
Who is brave? The one who subdues his negative inclination.
Who is rich? The one who appreciates what he has.
Who is honored? The one who gives honor to others.
Pirkei Avot 4:1 (via eretzyisrael)
Judaism is not supposed to be a reference work sitting on the shelf. It’s to be lived and internalized. If you gain a piece of wisdom, integrate it into living.
Rabbi Noah Weinberg. (via eretzyisrael)
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel (the Elder)
The most repeated phrase in the Bible are the words, “Don’t be afraid!”
Rabbi Harold Kushner (via inhabitude)
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter so the world will be at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
Rabbi Harold Kushner (via coyotegold)